Too Few Tattoos brings together melon, sake, grappa and sherry

This drink from Kayla Saito at Dessous is on the Boothby Top 50 Drinks of the Year 2023.

This drink is one of the Boothby Top 50 Drinks of the Year 2023 — you can see the full Top 50 here.

Too Few Tattoos recipe


  • 30ml Beechworth fino sherry
  • 15ml Melbourne sake
  • 25ml coal-roasted melon syrup
  • 10ml Massenez Melon Liqueur
  • 10ml Luigi Francoli Grappa
  • 15ml lemon juice

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a Cobbler glass filled with crushed ice.


From bartender Kayla Saito:

“A twist on a low ABV and refreshing Sherry Cobbler, a pre-Prohibition cocktail featuring sherry, sugar, citrus and fruit. It’s served on cobble ice with mint as a garnish. Our take features seasonally sweet cantaloupe melon that has been left on coals overnight. It slowly caramelises the sugars and the flesh is made into a syrup. Fino sherry from Beechworth is accompanied by Melbourne saké adding buttery and floral notes. Grappa is added for savoury fortification. The batch is whip-shaken with lemon and served with crushed ice and mint.”

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